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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   please help posted by: Blake on 10/28/2004 at 8:20:23 PM
Can someone help me determine a selling price for a mid 60's girls hollywook bike with all original equipment and white wall tires. I'm not a collector, so I would love some advise.
I was thinking $80 or so. It is in great condition
I do have a pic that I could fwd via email

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   please help posted by doug on 10/31/2004 at 12:54:41 PM
On a scale of 1 to 10 a brand new condition being a 10 you might fetch 275.00 to 300.00 a average nice bike in a 6 or 7 range 120.00 a 5 about 85 to 100 and then it drops pretty sharply after that. most Ive seen about 100.00 range. good luck.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   please help posted by Joel on 11/1/2004 at 9:54:20 PM
Prices aparently vary from place to place. I've never seen one sell for more than $100, more commonly $5-20 range.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   please help posted by doug on 11/6/2004 at 2:24:33 PM
we recently had this discussion at the nitely meeting after work barley pop at the shop.being from the midwest where most states are young compared to the east coast most people feel things 40 or 50 years old are real old around here and thus seem to fetch more money.as in the older parts of the country the reverse is true.and if you visit europe where nothing is considered old if its les than 500 years old. our gangs theory at least.

FOR SALE:   ebay # 2280611406 posted by: innatepower on 10/28/2004 at 1:51:56 PM
check my auction for a rare bike

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Adler posted by: Luis Danese on 10/25/2004 at 2:30:01 PM
I own a german Adler bicycle,model 105, 1936, with Torpedo brakes, original condition, wheels size 28 x 1 5/8".
Have you information about this bike?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Adler posted by Ken on 10/26/2004 at 5:20:35 PM
Please post pictures to the database. Also, given wheel size you may wish to post on the roadster board.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Adler posted by GERE LAJOS on 11/8/2004 at 12:51:21 PM
ADLER 3GANG FAHRRAD 1939 - www.extra.hu/gerelali


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Adler posted by mike quilty on 11/11/2004 at 2:51:37 PM
Hi; I have a model 57 with a mechanical 3 speed shifter rod transmission (sliding gear-automotive style)built into the frame at the bottom bracket and have tried also to find out about it. Here's what I've got so far...these bikes were built in frankfort Germany from the 20's till about 1954. Some had the transmision, others not. Many of their bikes had a spoon brake on the front (yes, even the later models) with a coaster brake on the rear, one brand was "Komet". Some (and I suspect it was the earlier models) had an eagle ornament on the front fender tip. Kind of a machine age-third reich sort of style. As far as I can tell,these bikes were never imported, hence their rarity in the states. Type in "a m v c information 2004" in google and that should get you to a website that may help. If I can find out more, I'll let you know. Mike

MISC:   Shelby Traveler help needed posted by: Jim Maier on 10/22/2004 at 5:11:57 PM
I recently purchased a men’s Shelby Traveler. It’s in pieces and looks to be all there except for the wheels and seat. Among the rust you can just make out the original pin striping pattern and colors of a blue and red. The original red (biscuit?)headlight is there. A tank with original Shelby decals and internal horn was included but I’m not sure it is original since it’s in better shape and is green. The frame does have rear wheel adjusters. The original teardrop pattern sprocket is there along with the large chrome rear reflector. Has straight style fender braces. Can anyone help with the following questions?

It’s serial number B8 34222. What is the year?

What rim style would be correct?

Correct paint colors?

Should this model have a tank?



MISC:   kickback coaster hub posted by: greg on 10/21/2004 at 7:40:46 PM
I have just bought a 2 speed kickback hub on ebay that seems to be in working order. It is a 40 spoke version. The only markings on it say " Ladie Coaster", and I am curious as to what make it is. The internals look alot like a Sturmey Archer, but that's just a guess. I'd like to find an exploded parts diagram if possible. If anyone can shed any light on this hub, I would greatly appreciate it.

   RE:MISC:   kickback coaster hub posted by sam on 10/21/2004 at 9:56:04 PM
A friend of mine in New Zeland told me he had bought a Strumey/archer 2 speed KB at a local shop.Only one I'd ever heard of.And he could't find any info on it.---sam

   RE:MISC:   kickback coaster hub posted by Gordon on 10/24/2004 at 3:03:10 PM
I've seen some 2 speed kickbacks on bikes in Canada, I think they are called "Duomatics". I was under the impression they were British.

AGE / VALUE:   1936 Rollfast Motobike posted by: MAX on 10/21/2004 at 3:19:08 PM
anyone know the value of a 1936 Rollfast Motobike?
has the original paint missing the fenders
tks......please i need an answer

BALLOON:   J.C.Higgins serial #'s posted by: Dan on 10/21/2004 at 4:38:03 AM
A new collector friend of mine had shown me his latest find a J.C. Higgins 26in. boy's bike. It has a bee-hive springer, chrome rims and fenders, slight curve to center set of rear fender braces, bracket positioned on top of rear fender for a rear rack(missing). Serial # is on the BB and reads 214 241, tires are 26x2.25, I believe it once had a tank also . Does anyone know what model year of Higgins my friend might own with it's 214 241 serial # ? Thanks in advance!

   RE:BALLOON:   J.C.Higgins serial #'s posted by sam on 10/21/2004 at 9:50:39 PM
The bee-hive was late 40s --early 50s used on the Color Flow models.On the X-53 western flyer model Murray went to a double springer.Check for ColorFlow and X-53 models in data base---sam

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   J.C.Higgins serial #'s posted by Dan on 10/21/2004 at 11:44:25 PM
THANKS Sam, I was able to find a similar looking model Higgins in the data base and on other sites. I do believe it is a Color Flow, I was wondering if it's serial #(214 241) held the model year, could be a '51. Thanks for replying, Dan.

WANTED:   Decals posted by: Joe on 10/19/2004 at 11:47:47 PM
I have a 1950's era Schwinn Fleet, not sure of the exact year. I am looking for decals to replace the FLEET, star design and SCHWINN logos on the chainguard, SCHWINN logos on the tank, and the chevrons on the fork. Any idea where I could get some (if they are even made)?

   RE:WANTED:   Decals posted by John Metz on 10/24/2004 at 12:06:04 PM
Try www.nostalgicreflectios.com and www.cyclart.com
Both recreate decals and have some in stock.

MISC:   Roadmaster Wizzer 46-49 ? posted by: craig on 10/19/2004 at 5:08:40 AM
I would like to know about Roadmaster Wizzers? were they only an add on kit to the bike? did the roadmaster factory make bikes special bikes for wizzer? What year were the bowed fender braces made? was there a fender mounted headlight?

WANTED:   1955 Western Flyer Cosmic Flyer fender ornament posted by: Mitch on 10/19/2004 at 1:37:55 AM
I'm looking for either the complete front fender ornament or the jeweled rods that snapped into the ornament. Either one will do - Thanks!

WANTED:   old springer fork posted by: methed on 10/17/2004 at 3:04:06 PM
I was just wondering if anyone happens to know where i can get an old springer front end, like from a monark. i dont really care who made it or anything, i'm just going to cut it up. i need one resonably priced though, and useable. I want one(dosnt have to be locking) with the two springs. any help would be awesome

   RE:WANTED: old springer fork posted by eric on 10/26/2004 at 6:28:07 AM
there's one recently posted on ebay. i think starting bid is $69.

BALLOON:   1949 Western Flyer Gold Rush Bike posted by: Bob Nichols on 10/16/2004 at 7:56:32 PM
Jerry have you ever heard of a all Gold Western Flyer bike? Even the N.D. hub is gold color, rims also Gold, gold handle bars,Gold fenders, Gold front light, Gold springer & Gold saddle springs. Tank says Gold Rush on it. Chain guard says Western Flyer, also Gold color.
Do you have any lit. on this bike?
Is this bike Rare? I have never seen one at all.
Let me know, Bob

AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Super Cruiser posted by: Eric on 10/16/2004 at 6:37:15 AM
i just bought a firestone super cruiser frame and fork. i'm hoping to get a general idea on it's age. the frame and fork are both black and appear to be original paint. the fork also has double springs.

on the bottom bracket plate it reads:
In all correspondence regarding this article always mention
model number: 180 2 9A31l
serial number: A1425621
order replacement parts by mail or through any retail store

The headbadge is about as long as the headtube, is black and white with silver lettering and has "Firestone Super Cruiser" and "Made in USA" printed on it.

is there some method to dating these with the serial numbers?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Super Cruiser posted by gary m on 10/18/2004 at 8:12:12 PM
that sounds to me like a Sears tag, my 40s male 20 in says exact same thing, word for word, but Sears and roebuck is plain on my machine.

AGE / VALUE:   age and model of my bike? posted by: Dave on 10/14/2004 at 9:55:01 PM
Have a ladies aqua blue two tine with streamline tank bike. head plate missing. Serial # F93371 (located under crank hanger). Hub marked New Departure, Model D made in USA.
Any clue as to the model and year made? thanks!

AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast bike posted by: Max on 10/14/2004 at 9:41:37 PM
is there any value to a late 1920's or early 1930's Rollfast bike?
it also has a one cylinder engine attatched to the rear wheel....all original, even the pinstripe is ...
let me know

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast bike posted by Brian on 10/16/2004 at 2:03:22 AM
DO you know the mfg of the motor yet?